Sunday, 16 February 2020

Sunday Stamps - watercraft: USA

The US Coast Guard had this stamp, showing their landing craft and a supply boat, issued in 1945 after WWII had finished.

USA - 10 October 1945
During the war the US built thousands of cargo ships to help supply Britain. They were of a simple standard design for the US Merchant Marine and were named Liberty Ships.

USA - 26 February 1946
For other examples of watercraft sail to and follow the links left by others.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Sunday Stamps - Country: - Brunei, Equatorial Guinea, Irag

What do Brunei, Equatorial Guinea and Iraq have in common?

Well I only have one or two stamps from each and I have never posted any of them before.

My two stamps from Brunei depict the same man - 

Brunei - 1 March 1952
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin III was the 28th Sultan of Brunei. Brunei was a British Protectorate from 1888 to 1984. He was their first Minister of Defence after Brunei's independence. He died in 1986.

I also have two stamps from Equatorial Guinea. The first commemorates the 1972 Olympic Games held in Munich, depicting a diver.

Equatorial Guinea - 17 August 1972
The starling on the second stamp seems much larger tha those we see in our garden most days of the week.

Equatorial Guinea - 12 November 1976
This is from a series of North American birds and Protection of Nature.

The third National Census of Iraq was held in 1965 when the recorded population exceeded 8 million.

Iraq - 29 November 1965
To see what countries others have chosen just visit the links at Sunday Stamps

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Sunday Stamps - science: Denmark, West Germany

As part of my degree course at St Andrews University in the 1950s I had to study Atomic Physics for a term. That's where I first heard of Niels Bohr's Atomic theory.

Denmark - 21 Nov !963
In 1813 Bohr had proposed a theory for the hydrogen atom based on quantum theory that energy is transferred only in well defined quantities. Electrons move round the nucleus in prescribed orbits and when they jump from one orbit to another with lower energy a light quantum is emitted.

These stamps were issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his theory. His atomic model depicts a positive charged nucleus surrounded by electrons travelling in circular orbits defined by their energy level.

By the time of this anniversary we had seen the first Russian space flight (1961). Equipment used to track this event had included radio  telescopes.

This one appeared on a German stamp.

West Germany - 15 July 1975
For more science related stamps follow the links at Sunday Stamps - lunar

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Sunday Stamps; Rural, countryside - USA

Found these at the last minute when I ha nearly given up on matching the topic this week. 

Both are self explanatory I think.

USA - 26 August 1959
USA - 18 April 1960
Watershed panorama & farmland
For more rural scenes just visit Sunday Stamps - rural routes.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Sunday Stamps - Flags from the USA

I have a strip of stamps for Flags of Our Nation issued 6 August 2009 featuring the flags for the States of Kentucky through to Missouri in alphabetical order. Here are 3 of them.

The design of the Maryland flag comes from the yellow and black colours of the paternal arms and the red and white from the maternal side of the Calvert family.

The Massachusetts flag is a blue shield on a white field, The shield depicts an Algonquin Native American with a golden bow in one hand and a golden arrow in the other.

The Michigan flag is the only one I've seen. The shield shows a lake with a golden sun and a man with one hand raised in friendship. An Elk and a Moose support the shield, above which a Bald Eagle grasps an olive branch, with arrows in its talons.

I guess I have found myself a new project now to find out more about these and the rest of the State Flags.

If you are not flagging yet you can see more by following the links at See it on A Postcard

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Sunday Stamps - Lighthouses: Norway

Every year I get Christmas post from Norway, a country in which I once worked for almost 10 years. In the last two years the stamps on the envelopes, first issued in 2015, have shown Norwegian lighthouses.

Norway 5 June 2015 - Kvitsøy

Norway 5 June 2015 - Slåtterøy
Kvitsøy is the oldest octagonal lighthouse in Norway dating from 1829. Slåtterøy dates from 1859.

For further enlightenment visit the links at Sunday Stamps